Originally built as their TT bike for Team Sky, the 2019 Pinarello Bolide TR+ expands that model’s use case by adding storage and a few other tricks. The frame itself remains very similar, but switches to disc brakes to thanks to careful shaping of lower and upper storage boxes, they say the overall aerodynamics actually improve, creating a more efficient bike. Oh, and now it has disc brakes…
Above, the basic glamour shot promo video. Below, pro triathlete Cameron Wurf shows off his new ride and explains why it matters:
Thanks to triathlon’s less stringent rules, Pinarello was able to add cargo containers on the frame that helped the air slip by and put food and other important stuff at easier access. Tube profiles keep their “Flatback” aero shaping, and the seatpost integrates a rear clamp system to hold more bottles, etc.
Disc brakes clean up the front end of the Bolide, though the rim brake version did a very good job of integrating the brake arms into the frame’s shaping. They also make plenty of room for 700×28 tires. Thru axles and 160mm rotors come stock front and rear. It uses a full sized tapered steerer for big stiffness when you’re yanking on the bullhorns for a sprint.
Throughout the fork and frame, you’ll still find Pinarello’s asymmetric shaping from left to right. Two frame versions are on offer – the higher end Bolide TR+ with Torayca T1100G UD carbon filled with their NanoAlloy technology, and the standard Bolide TR with Torayca T700 fibers.
Look for complete bikes to be available later this year, with multiple black and red color schemes and your choice of Shimano Dura-Ace or SRAM Red builds, many with SwissSide deep carbon wheels.